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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

September 20, 2007 at 3:28 PM

Gates still richest American (Slim’s on his heels) Buffet No. 2

The Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest Americans — only billionaires need apply — is still topped by Microsoft founder and Chairman Bill Gates. He weighs in with $59 billion, up from $56 billion at the end of 2006.

But, as Forbes notes, Gates’ days at the top of the world’s heap of rich guys may be numbered. As some have already estimated this year, Mexican magnate Carlos Slim HelĂș is gaining on, and may have surpassed, Gates in wealth. Forbes pegs Slim’s total on par with Gates’. As we noted this summer, Gates is giving away his money much faster than Slim.

The latest Forbes list has Warren Buffett as the second-richest American, with $52 billion.

Other Washingtonians on the list:

11. Paul Allen, Microsoft, $16.8 billion

16. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft, $15.2 billion

35. Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com, $8.7 billion

135. Craig McCaw, McCaw Cellular, $2.8 billion

239. James Jannard, Oakley, $2 billion

380. Timothy Blixseth, timberland, real estate, $1.3 billion

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